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Bihar floods: Nearly 10 lakh people affected as Ganga rises above danger mark

Five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and six teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed to tackle the flood situation in Bihar that has taken 13 lives so far and has reportedly marooned nearly 50,000 people in Patna alone.Bihar is reeling from what is considered to be one of the worst floods to hit the state since 1975.

According to estimates, over 10 lakh people have been affected by the floods and over 2 lakh people have already lost their homes.

A sudden release of 11.67 lakh cusecs (cubic foot per second) into Sone river from Indrapuri barrage in Rohtas district triggered the situation. Other than Patna, Bhagalpur, Buxar, Vaishali, Samastipur, Khagaria, Bhojpur, Begusarai, Lakhi Sarai, Munger and Katihar districts were affected.

According to reports, around 10,000 people from Patna had to be rescued as water from the Ganga rose above the danger mark and entered homes, buildings and residential colonies on the riverbank.

Nearly 15,000 people have taken shelter in 82 relief camps after being evacuated from flood affected areas. All camps have been provided with medical facilities, the disaster management department said in a statement.

The state has also put 1,000 country boats into action in addition to the inflatable boats being used by the NDRF and the SDRF.

The Army and the Air Force have also been put on high alert for the next two days.

-- With agency inputs